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Common Council members sponsor award programs and contests to spur civic engagement and show appreciation for those who contribute much toward a better Milwaukee. The following are the current award programs and contests put forth by the Common Council:
Sponsored by the Historic Preservation Commission, the Common Council, and the Mayor, this award program recognizes individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions in the field of historic preservation and heritage education and advocacy in Milwaukee.
This initiative was started by Alderwoman Milele Coggs to assist college bound, recent high school grads in the Milwaukee area to better understand where their paths lead. Two $500 scholarships are currently given out for the winning submissions. The contest is held each year during the summer months.
Frank P. Zeidler (1912-2006) spent his life as a public servant. Although he was best known as Milwaukee's mayor from 1948 to 1960, Zeidler served even longer in his unpaid capacities: as a civic activist, local historian, churchman, Socialist Party leader and conscience of the community. He was a tireless advocate for social justice and equal opportunity and a champion of mutual respect and cooperation as the keys to both world peace and civic unity. This honor is awarded annually, recognizing city residents who best exemplify Zeidler's legacy of social justice and civic accomplishment.
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